Orthopedic Shoes For Foot Pain Relief

Pioneering patented technology engineered for pain relief—with superior style.

Are you tired of sacrificing style for comfort when it comes to orthopedic shoes? KURU has designed a solution. Our mission is to eliminate foot pain so you can keep doing what you love—in style.

Our orthopedic shoes for men and women feature patented technology that provides superior pain relief, without the need for costly orthotics or aftermarket inserts. From diabetic shoes to supportive flip-flops, our stylish orthopedic shoes cater to a variety of foot conditions, including plantar fasciitis and flat feet.

At KURU, we understand the importance of a comfortable fit. That’s why our shoes feature a wide toe box and ample cushioning to keep you moving without pain. Don’t let foot pain hold you back—try KURU’s most comfortable orthopedic shoes today.

What are Orthopedic Support Shoes?
What are Orthopedic Shoes?

Orthopedic shoes provide exceptional support and promote proper foot alignment, making them ideal for addressing various foot pain conditions. Whether you’re dealing with plantar fasciitis, Morton’s neuroma, hammertoes, bunions, or neuropathy, orthopedic tennis shoes and walking shoes are specifically designed to alleviate discomfort. These shoes feature wide toe boxes, arch support, and shock absorbency, effectively reducing joint and ligament impact.

At KURU, we offer a wide selection of orthopedic shoes for both men and women, all incorporating our signature technology. Our KURUCLOUD base layer absorbs impact, our patented KURUSOLE heel plate dynamically flexes with each step to protect your heel, and our ULTIMATE INSOLES offer superior arch support with lasting bounce back.

Woman wearing KURU ATOM orthopedic shoes.
Who Are Orthopedic Shoes Best For?
Who Are Orthopedic Shoes Best For?

Orthopedic shoes are beneficial for a wide range of individuals who experience foot and ankle problems or require additional support and comfort. They are particularly good for individuals with conditions such as:

  • Foot Deformities
    Orthopedic shoes can provide relief for individuals with foot deformities like bunions, hammertoes, or flat feet. These shoes offer features like extra depth, wide toe boxes, and arch support, which help accommodate and alleviate discomfort caused by these conditions.
    Foot Deformities
  • Arthritis and Joint Pain
    People with arthritis or joint pain often find orthopedic shoes helpful. These shoes provide cushioning, shock absorption, and stability, reducing the impact on the joints and relieving pain associated with conditions such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
    Arthritis and Joint Pain
  • Diabetes
    Diabetic individuals are prone to foot problems due to poor circulation and nerve damage. Orthopedic shoes with protective features, such as seamless interiors, cushioning, and roomy toe boxes, can help prevent injuries, reduce pressure points, and minimize the risk of foot ulcers or complications.
  • Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Pain
    Orthopedic shoes with proper arch support and heel cushioning can be beneficial for individuals suffering from plantar fasciitis or chronic heel pain. These shoes provide necessary support and help alleviate pain by reducing strain on the plantar fascia and absorbing shock during walking or activities.
    Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Pain
Tips for Buying Shoes

Tips for Buying Shoes

Simplify the process of finding a pair of orthopedic support shoes that fit well with these helpful tips from our KURU GURUs.

Consider comfort and fit: When purchasing orthopedic shoes, prioritize comfort and proper fit. Look for shoes that have ample cushioning, a wide toe box, and a supportive arch. Ensure that the shoes provide enough room for your toes to move freely without being too tight or too loose.

A Brannock device is an industry standard tool to determine your true shoe size. We recommend getting fitted at your local shoe store for the most accurate sizing, and never hesitate to reach out to a KURU GURU for tips on finding the fit for you!

The right pair of orthopedic shoes is sometimes (at least in part!) about finding the right size. Take a peek at guidelines on how to find the right fit at KURU.

In general, we recommend shoes should fit snug and secure around the forefoot without any tightness in the toes, heels, or bunion area. Your toes should lay flat and feel comfortable. You should be able to put a finger-width of length between the end of your toe and the edge of your shoe.

Seek professional advice: If you have specific foot conditions or concerns, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional, such as an orthopedic doctor or podiatrist. They can assess your needs and recommend the most suitable orthopedic shoes for your condition.

Consider your activities: Think about the activities you will be engaging in while wearing the orthopedic shoes. If you’re planning to use them for running or sports, look for athletic shoes with specific features like shock absorption and stability. If you need shoes for everyday activities, choose comfortable walking shoes that provide support and cushioning.

Quality and durability: Invest in well-made orthopedic shoes that are durable and built to last. Check for sturdy construction, high-quality materials, and reliable brand reputation. While they may have a higher upfront cost, they can save you money in the long run by providing long-lasting support and comfort.

  • What are orthopedic shoes?

    These shoes are designed for individuals who may suffer from considerable deformities and are made to provide relief for their feet. Orthopedic shoes also aim to improve walking functions and may help correct three main foot dysfunctions, including instability, deformities, and difficulty putting on shoes. Your first pair of orthopedic shoes may need to be prescribed by a specialist. With that, you will be able to renew the shoes once the old ones wear out.

  • What does an orthopedic shoe do?

    Apart from supporting the arches, orthopedic shoes can also help cushion the whole foot and provide support. Orthopedic shoes can also correct issues with foot alignment while minimizing pain and preventing any existing problems from getting worse.

    However, if you wish to wear other shoes for particular events or occasions, you may also opt for an orthopedic cushion. These have molded arch support that will accurately fit your foot. They can also be placed in all kinds of shoes to allow for daily wear and versatility.

  • What is the difference between orthotic and orthopedic shoes?

    Orthopedic shoes are made with additional features such as extra cushioning on the sole, a deep heel cup to help stabilize your foot, and extra room for your toes. They also work to minimize pain and discomfort, which makes them great for those with sensitive feet.

    A custom orthotic insert, on the other hand, is a useful tool that can treat and prevent lower body issues. It is placed inside a regular or orthopedic shoe and can be available over-the-counter without the need for a specialist’s prescription. Custom options can also be constructed according to an individual’s needs and measurements.

  • Are my orthopedic shoes eligible through my HSA?

    Orthopedic shoes can be eligible for HSA funds if you have a Letter of Medical Necessity from your doctor and they are considered to be a qualifying product. Visit hsastore.com for more information.

    *Note: At this time, KURU doesn’t accept insurance including FSA or HSA. We accept all major credit and debit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover and Diners Club.

  • Are your shoes considered orthopedic shoes?

    While our shoes are not currently considered orthopedic by a medical standard, we have received thousands of positive reviews from customers who say their KURU shoes with good arch support helped reduce or eliminate their pain—from plantar fasciitis to bunions.

    Each of our shoes feature a wide toe box, superior arch support, shock absorption and patented heel technology, engineered for pain relief.

  • Can I use custom orthotics with KURU shoes?

    Due to the anatomical shape of the KURUSOLE, custom orthotics with a rounded heel fit best inside our shoes. If the underside of the custom orthotic (the part that sits on the footbed) is squared off, then it may not fit into our deep heel cup—which is rounded like your foot.

    That said, many of our customers tell us the KURUSOLE technology offers better support and stability than they expected, and that they don’t need to wear their custom orthotics with KURU shoes.

  • How is the arch support of KURU shoes?

    KURU shoes deliver excellent arch support without the need for thick inserts or expensive, custom orthotics.

    Superior arch support starts with our patented KURUSOLE technology, which delivers natural cushioning and dynamically hugs your heel with every step. Every foot is unique, and our ULTIMATE INSOLES adapt to fit your needs by using your own body heat to custom-mold to the shape of your feet over time.

    The corrective nature of our superior arch support is designed to neutralize your weight distribution and place your foot in the best anatomical position. This support can take some getting used to. We suggest slowly breaking in your new shoes over the course of 2–3 weeks.

  • I just received a pair of your shoes and my feet are sore/hurt after wearing them. Why is that?

    Some customers experience tenderness when they first start wearing a new pair of KURUs. That’s ok! Your body may need time to adjust to the new levels of anatomical support you experience with our patented KURUSOLE technology. Our comfortable shoes are also designed to mold to your unique foot shape for the perfect fit, which takes a bit of a break-in period.

    To help mitigate this, we suggest you follow our break-in procedure, including wearing your KURUs for a couple hours per day around the house in the first couple of weeks as they break in and form to your foot.

About 8 in 10 Americans experience ongoing foot pain, with over 95% of those saying foot pain impacts their everyday life in some way.

Explore the latest foot pain trends, common causes of pain, treatment and prevention plans for maintained foot health in our 2023 Foot Pain Trends Report!
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Orthopedics vs. Orthotics

Orthopedics vs. Orthotics

Find out about the difference between an orthotic and an orthopedic shoe, so you can make a smart choice when shopping for your next pair.

Foot pain can come with a long list of expenses—from doctor’s visits to custom orthotics. Many podiatrists also recommend supportive, comfortable orthopedic shoes for men and women to help maintain and treat a wide variety of foot conditions.

So what’s the difference between orthotics and orthopedic shoes? Let’s break it down.

Orthotics: Orthotics are a pre-made or custom-built shoe insert designed to relieve pain or pressure from foot conditions or gait abnormalities.

Orthopedic shoes: Orthopedic shoes are footwear designed to help support or correct the natural biomechanics of the body. Orthopedic walking shoes are made to help relieve pain, improve alignment, and offer support for foot conditions.

With KURU, you can get the best of both words in one shoe. Every pair of shoes we make comes with our signature built-in technology (including premium inserts!) so you don’t have to worry about spending extra money on expensive orthotics.

You’ll just get Pain Relief Beyond Belief.

Key Considerations Before Making Your Purchase
What To Look For In Orthopedic Shoes

When shopping for orthopedic shoes, it’s important to consider several factors to ensure you choose the right pair that provides optimal support and comfort. Here are some key things to look for:

  • Arch Support
    Opt for orthopedic shoes that offer excellent arch support. Look for shoes with built-in arch contours or the ability to accommodate custom orthotic inserts. Proper arch support helps maintain the natural alignment of your feet and reduces strain on your arches.
    Arch Support
  • Cushioning and Shock Absorption
    Seek shoes with adequate cushioning and shock absorption properties. Look for features like thick midsoles, cushioned insoles, or specialized technologies that help absorb impact and reduce pressure on your feet and joints. Cushioning can enhance overall comfort and alleviate pain associated with conditions such as plantar fasciitis or arthritis.
    Cushioning and Shock Absorption
  • Wide Toe Box
    Look for orthopedic shoes with a wide toe box. This allows your toes to have enough room to spread out naturally and helps prevent discomfort or issues like bunions or hammertoes. A spacious toe box can provide extra comfort and prevent unnecessary pressure on the forefoot.
    Wide Toe Box
  • Adjustable Closures
    Consider shoes with adjustable closures, such as laces, straps, or Velcro. These closures allow you to customize the fit according to your foot shape and any potential swelling throughout the day. Adjustable closures ensure a secure fit and can accommodate various foot widths or instep heights.
    Adjustable Closures
  • Breathable Materials
    Look for orthopedic shoes made from breathable materials, such as mesh, which allow air circulation and prevent excessive sweating or odor. Breathable shoes help keep your feet cool, dry, and comfortable, particularly during extended periods of wear.
    Breathable Materials
  • Sole Flexibility
    Check the flexibility of the shoe’s sole. A balance between stability and flexibility is crucial for proper foot movement and gait. The sole should provide enough support and stability while allowing your feet to flex naturally during walking or other activities.
    Sole Flexibility
  • Heel Counter and Stability
    Examine the heel counter of the shoes. A sturdy and well-padded heel counter ensures stability and prevents excessive movement or rolling of the foot. This feature is particularly important for individuals with weak ankles or those prone to ankle sprains.
    Heel Counter and Stability
Three Layers of Support
Three Layers of Support

At KURU, we pride ourselves on our unique approach to shoe design. We believe that shoes should be shaped to fit the natural contours of your feet, which is why we create every pair in three distinct support layers, not just an insole.

Our revolutionary ergonomic design starts with a curved footbed and adds unparalleled triple-layer support that includes shock-absorbing KURUCLOUD, heel-cupping KURUSOLE, and arch-supporting ULTIMATE INSOLES. The result? Shoes that are so comfortable you’ll stop thinking about your feet.









Our patented KURUSOLE plate features a unique design that cups and protects the heel and allows for dynamic flexion with each step. This superior support helps utilize our body’s natural cushioning system, the heel’s fat pad for comfort, support, and stability all day long.

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Why Others Love KURU

Why Others Love KURU

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Comfortable and cute! I have AS which gives me a lot of heel pain due to inflammation. These shoes have helped immensely! My pain has been greatly reduced and I’m able to walk much longer. I’m still in my twenties so I was looking for cute orthopedic shoes, these are the best-looking ones out there! I’ve actually received numerous compliments on my cute shoes. Little do they know, they are orthopedic shoes! Would definitely recommend!


The best and most comfortable orthopedic shoe around. I Love Kuru shoes I have 3 pair they are awesome…They have a wide shoe that gives your toes plenty of room to be comfortable. The most comfortable orthopedic shoe and lots of support for your heels. For an orthopedic shoe I am impressed that have so many styles to choose from and they dont look like orthopedic shoes which is what I like.There customer service is awesome . Tney are very helpful and friendly with all your questions. Will be ordering another pair soon.I recommend Kuru Shoes 100%


Great slipper for around house. I developed plantar faciitis two years ago…the options were surgery or orthopedic footwear. I started buying my shoes at Kuru two years ago and over time my foot is healed. I do not walk barefoot on hard wood floors in the house, so I am always in my Kuru Drafts. All the KURU products are great, but the Drafts are a very comfortable shoe to wear around the house as a slipper….don’t even realize they’re on my feet !! If you suffer from Plantar, then the KURU Draft is your best friend !!!


Super comfortable. I have plantar fasciitis and I’m on my feet all day at work because I manage a large daycare. These shoes are so comfortable and supportive. My feet used to ache all night after coming home from work until I starting wearing them. Plus, they are super cute! They don’t look like athletic shoes or traditional orthopedics. I can still pair them with jeans and a blouse or sweater for a business casual dress code


Super comfortable and supportive. I don’t like spending $125 on sneakers, and I don’t like writing reviews, but in this case I’ll make exceptions. The Atoms have helped every weird pain I had going on in my heel and Achilles’ tendon. They’re supportive, comfortable, and seem well made. I think they’re also the best looking of all the Kuru shoes—you can’t tell they’re orthopedic or whatever. I’d buy these again, and I hope Kuru’s designs continue to lean towards the more fashionable. I’d be interested in other Kurus if the styles were less clunky. Thanks for making these, they’ve been a huge help.


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